UPDATE: Driver Who Struck Amish Buggy Charged With Felony

  • 10/15/2018 9:05:15 AM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

SULLIVAN TWP., ASHLAND CO. - A Sullivan family of seven were injured and a West Salem man charged with aggravated vehicular assault after a serious injury crash took place around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in northeastern Ashland County.

The crash took place in Sullivan Township on U-S Route 224, near County Road 581.

The Ashland post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Patrick Muscaro was arrested for driving under the influence and transported to the Ashland Justice Facility. He has since been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony. 

The patrol says Muscaro was driving his car east on U-S 224 and failed to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, striking the rear of a horse-drawn buggy driven by 31-year-old Andy Swartzentruber of Sullivan.

Swartzentruber had his wife and five children with him in the buggy.

All seven occupants were ejected from the buggy with various degrees of injuries with Muscaro not claiming any injuries.

Two of the children were flown from the scene by medical helicopter to Akron Children's Hospital in serious condition.

Swartentruber was transported to Lodi Community Hospital and then flown to Akron General Hospital in serious condition.

Mrs. Swartzentruber and the remaining children were transported to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland for their injuries.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office and Sullivan Fire and Rescue were on the scene, along with mural assistance from adjoining agencies.

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